SC Constitution Bench to hear plea on FGM amongst Dawoodi Bohra community

New Delhi, Sep 24 : The Supreme Court on Monday referred to a Constitution Bench a plea questioning the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) prevalent in the Dawoodi Bohra community. The issue was referred to the Constitution Bench on the request of Attorney General K.K. Venugopal and senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi appearing for the […]

Amnesty urges China to end ‘brainwashing’ Muslims in Xinjiang

Beijing, Sep 24 : Amnesty International (AI) in a report on Monday urged the Chinese government to end the “brainwashing” of nearly one million Muslims held in “re-education” camps in the Xinjiang Uighur region. In the past year, the government has intensified its campaign of mass internment, intrusive surveillance, political indoctrination and forced cultural assimilation […]

Hindu body demands ‘equal rights’ for Hindus

New Delhi, Sep 23 : Hindu intellectuals and academicians on Sunday demanded the removal of government control over temples. “We demand equal rights to Hindus on par with others in the matters of running educational institutions without undue interference of state, removal of government control of Hindu temples… and preserving and promoting Hindu heritage and […]

Church acting against protesters in nun rape case: Official

Kottayam (Kerala), Sep 23 : With the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal in the nun rape case, Church authorities have begun to take action against those who supported the 14-day protest by five nuns at Kochi in the matter, a Church official said on Sunday. “I received a letter from higher-ups in my church that […]

Ravana was born in Noida village: BJP MP Swamy

Panaji, Sep 23 : Ravana was born in Noida unlike late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s belief that the Lankan king was a Dravidian like him, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said here on Sunday. Speaking at an event in South Goa, Swamy claimed that contrary to popular notions, Ravana, the villain in Indian epic […]

Ganesh procession underway in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Sep 23 : The mammoth Ganesh procession was underway here on Sunday amid tight security. Hundreds of idols from various parts of Hyderabad, its twin city Secunderabad and surrounding areas were bring carried to water bodies for immersion, marking the culmination of 11-day festivities. Thousands of people were participating in the “Shobha yatra” or […]